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Brachysema praemorsum 'Bronze Butterfly'

Common Name:

Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Family:
Fabaceae (The Pea Family)
Geographic Origin:
Australia
California Native?:
No
Plant Size:
4-6 inches high x 3 feet+ wide
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Spring and summer
Flower Color:
Red
Exposure:
Sun or light shade
Soils:
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 20-25 degrees F.
This is among the oddest of Australia's many pea-shrubs. It is almost perfectly prostrate, with slender branches forming a circle of 3-4 foot diameter. Wedge-shaped, toothed leaves are paired along the stems, giving the effect of little butterflies (or perhaps bowties). Their color is bronze- to purplish green overall, with narrow light green margins. Dull red beak-shaped blossoms are nestled among the branches--most heavily in spring, with a scattering at other times. This is an interesting novelty shrub, especially attractive on raised mounds and banks. It thrives in sun or shade near the coast, light shade inland, with well drained soil and moderate watering. A UCSC/Koala Blooms introduction.